I'm just like a mug punter
I work in a casino, and I've just started match betting/bonus bagging about a month ago, and its really going quite well.
I've never really gambled, I do enjoy the odd game in poker, but I've often thought of the people who frequent my work to be nutters - who don't sleep, poo their pants while playing blackjack because they don't want to miss a hand. (Automatic shufflers give them no break)
I am starting to take on some of their characteristics, ok I've never pooed my self in public but I look at many things as a gambling opportunity. Watched X factor last night and wondered to myself have I missed an arb here? I am as hooked as they are to gamble, and constantly think about my cash flow, bets (muck ups as well). I get stroppy towards my partner when I'm on the PC.
There are two things that really separate me from them - they believe in luck. They believe that if they are lucky then they will win. The truth is that the best thing that can happen to a potential mug punter, is for them to gamble for their first time and lose big. The other difference is that the are out of control, the more a punter gambles the more he loses control. The more I gamble the amount of spreadsheets on my PC desktop and ring binders on my shelf increase, I want to buy an extra laptop next to my desktop so I can have a bet and lay PC. I want a plasma in the office so I can watch my betfair ned win!
I'm rambling on now, but the cause of this rant was because some nutter last night tried explaining to me that he is a Pro Gambler/Poker Player and his systems and how he'd made so much money, and treated a couple of staff like crap. He tried to play on me by mocking my yearly salary was in the payout - If he only knew the reality!
A very interesting post, i actually believe in luck too, at the end of the day thats all everything boils down to, who you are and where you are and what you do and what you believe all essentially boils down to nothing more than luck.
What you might consider to have been a great decision, applying for and getting JobA for example which is a good one, if you had have not got it you would have gone to the Newsagents on the way home and bought a lottery ticket and won £12m and never had to work again. You dont know that because it didnt happen, you got the job which you consider a result, but thats because you dont know what would have happened if you hadnt. What you may regard as one of the worst decisions of your life, might actually have been the one that saved it. Only when you have (for example) had say a minor car crash at some traffic lights do you play back and think, "if i hadnt gone back to check the front door was locked i would have already been through there" or "If i had have let that bus out half a mie down the road he would have been there", or "why was i going that route", or a million other tiny differences which would have stopped the accident. You come so so so close to having that accident every day, you just dont realise it, because most of the time you DID pick the other route / let the bus out, etc etc.
Your whole life really, its just so incredibly random and i believe is nothing more than luck.
I have forgotten the rest of your post now lol. I went off on one there, your post was interesting though. There is nothing wrong with just gambling, it is fun, its exciting, and as long as you only "spend" money you can afford and you realise you are "spending" it the same as you would going to the cinema to enjoy the evening there its not a problem. The problem comes when people dont view it as "spending" money and "lose" money, and money they couldnt afford to.
Have a plan and stick to it
A) I dont thing its a good idea to tell anyone how much you make/earn, anyone who makes more wont be impressed and anyone who makes less will just resent you for it.
Originally Posted by lecymru
B) Dont treat anyone like crap unless you are happy for the same thing to happen to you one day. Karma is great!
(A and B are my opinion only)
Have a plan and stick to it
I have no idea why this guy irritates me so much. Obviously having money has made him into such an idiot and i hate that. He's probably just running well at some crappy poker stakes, and i agree with Andy, that downstreak is just around the corner for him!
some nutter last night tried explaining to me that he is a Pro Gambler/Poker Player and his systems and how he'd made so much money, and treated a couple of staff like crap.